Welcome to the Animal Services Division!

WANTED: CAT VOLUNTEERS

Are you a cat person?

Do you love spending time with cats and kittens? Would you like to take care of and play with them on a part-time basis?

Tulare County Animal Services is seeking volunteers to assist in making sure our cats are happy and healthy at the PetSmart Adoption Centers in Visalia and Porterville! 

We need dedicated people to tend to the cats daily--make sure they all have food and water, clean their cages and litter boxes, and socialize (play!) with them. It usually only takes about an hour at most (but you can play with our friendly felines as long as you'd like!). We have morning shifts (sometime between 8am & 10am) and late afternoon/early evening shifts (sometime between 4pm & 6pm).

If interested, please contact us at (559) 636-4050 and/or fill out a volunteer application. It is available online, and you can return it electronically, by fax at (559) 713-3716, by mail, or stop by the shelter at 14131 Ave. 256 (just east of Lovers Lane) in Visalia. The kitties look forward to seeing you!

Help VIP Petcare Donate Rabies Vaccines to Tulare County Animal Services

VIP Petcare has chosen Tulare County Animal Services as a partner to receive a donation of rabies vaccines and a monetary donation through their “buy one, give one” promotion. Right now until January 6th, if you buy any vaccine package for your own pet, they will give TCAS a free rabies vaccine.

VIP Petcare holds mobile community vaccination and wellness clinics each weekend throughout Tulare County at Tractor Supply stores and at Heiskell’s Feed Depot in Visalia and Petsense in Tulare. Pet parents will also have the opportunity to make a cash donation to help adoptable pets at our shelter.

Vaccinations help protect pets from diseases such as rabies, distemper, parvovirus, Bordetella, feline leukemia, influenza and more. Making a commitment to your pet's health includes keeping them up to date on their vaccinations.

Celebrate the Season of Giving by helping our animals in need get their vital vaccines while taking care of your pet! Offer ends January 6, 2020, so hurry in! For more information and a $10 off coupon, visit www.vippetcare.com/shelter-donation/.

Spay/Neuter Assistance for Owned Pets in Tulare County

Tulare County Animal Services has received a $28,687 grant from PetSmart Charities® , the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to help fuel its spay and neuter efforts in Tulare County. With the help of the grant, Tulare County Animal Services is offering spay and neuter assistance for owned pets in Tulare County. Call 636-4050 for more information.

Click here to download the Press Release

Click here to download the fillable spay/neuter request form

Completed forms can be emailed to tcanimalservices@tularehhsa.org, faxed to (559) 713-3716, dropped off at our shelter, or mailed to Tulare County Animal Services, 14131 Avenue 256, Visalia, CA  93292.

Online Dog Licensing Payments Now Available for Residents of Unincorporated Areas of Tulare County

Tulare County Animal Services provides dog licensing services for all of the unincorporated areas of Tulare County.  If your dog gets lost, a valid license will identify the dog and his/her owner and allow us to reunite lost pets with their owners.  Having your dog licensed also shows that your dog has a current rabies vaccination.  Plus, dog licensing is the law.

To make the process easier, Tulare County Animal Services is now accepting online payments for dog licensing.  Both new and renewal dog licensing can be done online along with updating information on your dog. 

If you are not sure if your address is in the city limits or county please click on the Tulare County Elections website and enter your address.  If you live within the city limits of Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare, Visalia or Woodlake, please contact your city's local dog licensing department.

Tulare County Animal Services Offering 500 Free Microchips to County Residents

Microchipping animals provides a greater ability to reunite pets with owners and decrease the number of animals coming into shelters. Tulare County recently revised its Animal Ordinances effective as of June 1, 2019. These revised ordinances approved by the Board of Supervisors require all dogs in the unincorporated areas of Tulare County to be implanted with a microchip and the information provided to Tulare County Animal Services.

To help county residents comply with this new requirement, Tulare County Animal Services will be giving away 500 free microchips to Tulare County residents during the month of June. Microchip vouchers can be obtained on our website and will be available until they run out; a counter will indicate how many microchips are left. There is no per person limit, but they are reserved for owned dogs.  A photo ID is necessary to verify residency when bringing dogs to the shelter for microchipping. Dogs must be able to be handled, so no aggressive dogs will be eligible.

Pet ID Tag Microchip   

A microchip is one of the best ways to protect your dog or cat if it gets lost. This tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is implanted under the skin at the shoulder blades; it cannot be lost, worn out, or removed. If your pet ever gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or a veterinary clinic, the animal will be scanned to see if he or she is microchipped. If so, the identification number appears, and the pet’s owner can be found, because the number is linked to their information in a database.

Changes to Tulare County Animal Services Ordinances

Tulare County Animal Services strives to improve the safety and quality of life for the animals and residents of Tulare County. Therefore, to clarify and enhance the ordinances, revisions were approved by the Board of Supervisors at their April 30th meeting. Community members in the unincorporated areas of Tulare County are affected by the changes.

“This has been a three-year process in collaboration with the Animal Services Advisory Committee and the Ordinance and Standards Review Ad Hoc Committee, with review of industry best practices and extensive research and review from the County Counsel's office, culminating in meetings with community stakeholders and the public,” says Animal Services Division Manager Patrick Hamblin. “Changes to the ordinances continue to bring Tulare County Animal Services online with other forward-thinking counties and the State of California."

The Animal Services Advisory Committee has been integral to the proposed changes. Public meetings held last fall, and public comment through our website resulted in additional revisions to the ordinances.

Key changes include:

  • Addition of commercial kennel and rescue organization minimum standards
  • Expands definitions with a change to define adult dogs as being nine (9) months or older
  • Requires all dogs to be implanted with a microchip and the information provided to Animal Services, to have a greater ability to reunite pets with owners and decrease impounded animals
  • All dogs to be spayed or neutered by six (6) months of age
    • Exceptions include police dogs, licensed unaltered dogs, dogs to whom this would be detrimental (with written veterinarian allowance), and those whose owners apply for an unaltered license
  • Implementing a maximum number of dogs for kennel permit holders
  • Limiting the number of breeder permits issued to commercial breeders and kennel operations
    • Individuals would have an allowance of one permit per household
  • To promote responsible pet ownership through the kennel and breeder process, a violations process has been proposed for kennel operators and for individuals without a kennel permit
  • Live animals may not be sold, bartered, gifted, or transferred at swap meets within county jurisdictions

The ordinance revisions expand definitions to create clarity, acknowledge the county’s pet overpopulation issue, and maintain the commitment to the mission, vision, and values for both the Animal Care and Adoptions facility operations and the Animal Control function.

Pets of the Week

BELLA (2/6/20) - Available

"Bella" is a 10-year-old female domestic short-haired cat with a tortoiseshell coat (or "tortie" for short). Her previous owner moved to a place that does not allow cats, so she ended up with us. She is a sweet girl with no health problems.  She can be very talkative and curious (like when she took a self-guided tour of the KSEE24 TV studio!), but most of the time she's an easygoing, mellow lady who likes to lay around and loves to be petted.

At 10, she is now officially a feline senior citizen, but 10 in cat years is early- to mid-'50s in human years. However, just like people are living longer these days, healthy cats live longer too. In fact, cats today often live well into their teens and even early 20's, as long as they are kept happy and healthy. Consider her a fine wine that just gets better with age! This laid back lady has had a lot of life experience, but she's still got a lot of living to do! Why not let her spend her golden years with you?  Her adoption fee is only $40! Meet her today!

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